To say that there is a whole lot of significant advancement to be seen on the expo floor at VMworld 2013 is an understatement. There seems to be movement in just about every area of IT. One aspect of the IT environment that remains a challenge for many revolves around disaster recovery. While many organizations have done a reasonable job taking their backup and recovery processes to a level that can protect against hardware and software faults, cost and complexity have prevented many organizations – particularly those in the SMB space from achieving truly effective DR.
One of reasons that I love consulting and love attending events where I meet with end users is that I get to “keep it real” by seeing what’s really happening out in the real world as opposed to what analysts think should be happening in the data center and across the IT spectrum. To listen to some of the typical tech media, one would think that everyone is now running their data centers inside public clouds or hybrid clouds and that the IT group is now completely focused on accelerating the business and technology issues are a thing of the past.
I’ve always been of the mindset that turnover in personnel is generally a good thing, particularly at the top of the organization. Like all things, organizations need to adapt or they will die while time passes them by and the market chooses alternatives that better fit the times. This morning, Microsoft announced that Steve Ballmer, CEO since 2000, will retire within the next twelve months and that the Microsoft board has created a committee to identify his successor.
VMworld: VMware’s user conference is now in its 10th year. Due to a robust ecosystem and passionate community, this is THE show for virtualization and one of the top events for cloud. VMware has maintained dominance in the server virtualization market, but there are a lot of questions coming into the show. For the fourth year, theCUBE will be broadcasting live video throughout the show to provide in-depth independent analysis and coverage of all of the angles of the show.
When it’s come to software, for years, CIOs have had to make a critical determination:
- Is there an existing product on the market that can meet the identified business need?
- Is there an existing product on the market that I can customize to meet my need?
- Do I have to develop software to meet the identified business need?
After a (very) brief respite, #theCUBE is back on the conference circuit. Starting tomorrow at 10:20am ET, theCUBE is live for two days at the HP Vertica Big Data Conference (#HPBigData2013) in Boston. Unlike some Big Data shows that focus more on vendors, the Vertica show is heavy on customers and real Big Data end-users.
While VMware is still dominant in the x86 server virtualization market, there are clear signs that the hypervisor is being commoditized and that competing solutions are closing the functionality gap. Over half of respondents to Wikibon’s survey last year were running multiple hypervisors. Wikibon is digging deeper into customer adoption including both multi-hypervisor environments and what is driving customers to specific solutions.
Share with your peers and as always, Wikibon will be sharing the results freely (see related material at Wikibon.org/VMware). Everyone who takes the survey will also be eligible to win an iPad mini. Wikibon will provide guidance on the following:
This evening, I was having a conversation with a colleague regarding how decisions should be made in an organization. There are all kinds of ways that organizations make decisions; some are good and some are not so good. However, good decision-making is simply too important to an organization to do it wrong. Obviously, a person’s position in an organization will necessarily impact the kinds of decisions that are being made. Here are five of my thoughts on how to make sure that the best possible organizational decisions are being made.
Everyone knows that the shift from traditional print and broadcast advertising to digital advertising is taking a huge toll on the media industry. Newspapers can’t charge as much for online ads as they do for print ads, and revenues are shrinking precipitously.
But the impact of this shift is being felt not just in the media industry but in the advertising industry itself. Advertising agencies, whose bread and butter is building creative ad campaigns and negotiating print and broadcast ad placement, are likewise under pressure to make the transition to a data-based marketplace.
There are times when something just hits me that I can’t figure out why the fact wasn’t more obvious to me from the very beginning. Of course, over time, various aspects of the newly uncovered fact have been there at which point longer-term thinking kicks in to make me think a bit differently.